How to Prepare for Your Baby’s Birth

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How to Prepare for Your Baby’s Birth

No idea how to prepare for your baby’s birth? It is perfectly normal to be apprehensive about the birth of your child, especially if it is your first time or you do not know what to expect. However, there are some simple remedies which can ensure that you and your baby stay happy and healthy during the birth, and which can ensure that you are kept busy while waiting.

Things that Can Help You…

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Vitamins

Vitamins can be important during pregnancy to top your body up with the minerals that you need to stay healthy while waiting for the birth. Many pregnant mothers do not have enough iron in their bodies, which can lead to anemia in mothers and premature birth, and so you should take iron supplements where possible.

Not only this, but pregnant mothers should also consider taking Vitamin D, Folate and Iodine to help them support their immune systems.

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Create a Birth Plan

Creating a birth plan will not only ensure that everything goes right on the day but will help to calm any anxieties you may have around the birth. You can ask your midwife to help create a birth plan with you, and this can be catered towards your personal circumstances and what you would like to happen during labor and birth.

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Eat Well

Eating well is important when pregnant, and this should include enough dairy to provide calcium and additional protein for your baby. You should also ensure that your diet is rich in fruit and vegetables.

Things to Avoid…

Food Preparation

You should take extra care with food preparation when pregnant, including washing your hands before eating, cooking food thoroughly, keeping hot foods hot throughout, and only re-freezing meat once.

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Over-Exertion

You should ensure that you rest often and, when doing exercise, you should ensure that you have a cool-off and warm-up period either side of the exercise regime to ensure that you do not pull muscles, which are over-flexible during pregnancy. However, you should still exercise when pregnant, and the recommended amount of walking is 150 minutes per week.

If the Birth Goes Wrong…

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However, part of being prepared for birth should be preparing for things going wrong. Even the best-planned pregnancies can go wrong, and there are many common birth injuries and fractures that can occur. You should be prepared for these and know what to do if adverse happenings occur. If you believe that your baby’s injury was at the fault of your hospital or practitioner, you should seek legal advice. For birth injury claims, Boyes Turner gives you specialist advice on your case and can represent you if the case goes to court for liability claims.

Preparing for your baby’s birth is important. Whether this means avoiding certain activities, eating the right foods, or knowing what to do in an emergency, planning your birth and keeping yourself healthy during pregnancy is vitally important. By following these guidelines, you can ensure that you are prepared for every eventuality.

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Maggie Hammond

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Maggie Hammond is a retired nurse and freelance writer, exploring and writing in the U.S. in retirement. An advocate for public health and nursing qualifications, she feels passionate about raising awareness of the current strain on public health organizations.